CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state agency wants the state Supreme Court to suspend Mingo County Prosecutor Michael Sparks' law license following new allegations included in federal court documents.
A petition filed Thursday by The Office of Disciplinary Counsel asks the license be suspended until it can complete its investigation of the matter.
"(Sparks), the elected, chief law enforcement officer in the county, has engaged in a continued pattern of egregious misconduct under the color of his position," the petition states.
The Supreme Court met Thursday to talk about the petition and is expected to release an order today, according to a news release.
The petition references a federal indictment and information — similar to an indictment —alleging a slew of misconduct by Mingo Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury.
The indictment alleges Thornsbury corrupted the legal system in repeated attempts to frame the husband of his ex-lover. The information states Thornsbury worked with several elected officials on a scheme to prevent a man from telling the FBI about drug activity by the late Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.
In both the indictment and information, federal investigators allege Sparks either knew or participated in wrongdoing.
The indictment, filed in late August, states Sparks knew allegations against Robert Woodruff — the husband Thornsbury allegedly attempted to frame — were improper.
The allegations against Sparks are much more severe in the information, filed Thursday in federal court. It claims Sparks arranged for a lighter sentence for a man named George White after White hired a new attorney favored by Thornsbury and Sparks.
White's first attorney, Charles "Butch" West, ran against Sparks and lost in the 2012 primary election. After the first indictment was filed, West called for Sparks to resign.
"There is sufficient evidence to establish that (Sparks) has violated the Rules of Professional Conduct; that (Sparks) is a substantial threat of irreparable harm; he is unable and/or unwilling to represent and protect the interests of the citizens of Mingo County, West Virginia; and there is good cause shown to immediately suspend his law license . . ." the petition states.
Sparks did not answer several calls from the Daily Mail.
He vehemently defended himself in an interview Thursday with the Williamson Daily News.
"I fully expected Judge Thornsbury to engage in dishonest measures and to make false allegations against me, to exact vengeance against me in retaliation for my cooperation with his federal investigation," Sparks said, according to the Daily News.